How To Get Sh*t Done – Book Review


Here’s something we could all use in this New Year – How To Get Shit DONE! I stumbled upon this book recently, and to my surprise, it had a huge impact on me. Erin Falconer, the author of the book, states that we are not doing what’s exactly needed to achieve success. As we all know, life isn’t easy; it’s as complicated as can be. But Erin says that this complexity is necessary for us to perform to the best of our abilities. You need to create a crystal clear plan and stop underestimating your self-worth to get work done better, faster, and in a smarter way.

The book discusses the power of being before the power of doing to achieve your goals. The journey begins with the Power of POP. “What’s that,” you ask? Well, simply put, it is Personality, Opportunity, and Productivity. What women want is a huge mystery – we are lost trying to prove our worth to others and are often sidetracked from our paths. What we need is a personality fix. We often wonder how others reap more benefits from work when we put in more hours of efforts. It’s a mindset that has dug its way into our minds, and that’s why we are judged much more harshly. To avoid feeling that way, we need a clear-cut purpose for everything we do so that our productivity is rightly measured.

We are all busy, but the things we spend the day doing, do we need them all? The only approval you need is yours. This is a lesson we could all use. Do things that give you the most satisfaction and not what others expect from you. Before that, you need to be clear about who you are. Be your true, natural, “wild” self. Think and reflect on what you are doing to judge the situation better. When you talk about opportunities, you might assume that you are seizing them all, but, in reality, you are not. Understand what is holding you back, and you will be able to overcome any obstacle in your path.

Erin stresses that it is important to listen to the voice inside of you so that you can prioritize what you need. By taking charge, you make sure that you are your own boss. Women have been so conveniently objectified, not just by men, but even women too. We have been stereotyped to be just observed and not observe. Don’t you agree? My main takeaway from this part of the book was to stop focusing on what others think and monitor your judgments. In Erin’s words “Bring your focus back to what you’re doing rather than how you’re looking.”

Moving on to one of my favorite chapters from the book, “You and Your Smart Mouth.” You get a rulebook as to when and how you can say no. I believe its something we women could use. When you stop doing and saying what you don’t want, you will be able to focus on things you want to. It doesn’t need to end with a no; you can suggest an alternative. Do not be so bothered about disappointing someone else. Instead, look out for yourself. When you have a short list of things you need to work on, you will be more focused and move forward at full speed without worrying about the rest that you don’t need.

Check yourself always before setting those goals you have in mind. The author is right about this; you need to know the kind of person you are and set your goals to fit your personality. Once I grasped this concept, I knew I had to start afresh. You may think that you are using your time well. Well, that’s what I thought before I read this book! I realized that I could use it better than I did earlier. When we talk about time, we are not talking about how you can stop it or slow it down. We can’t control time, but what we can do is make priorities. Use your time well, and use it to get what’s most important done first and scrape off what you hate doing.

Reading this book helped me make my peace with people. You will come across all kinds of people along your way. You need to be a good judge of character and identify the ones who will help you grow. The relationships in your life, friends, family, and acquaintances are all said to have a strong influence on your professional life as well and vice versa. The best way to get work done and maintain relationships is to be honest and be yourself. I must say that this part changed my perspective. I started paying more attention to how I felt and began being more intentional in everything I did.

Why just aim for success when you can make an effort to enjoy your journey by investing in your well-being and helping yourself grow? The moment I read this book, I knew I had to start putting things into action. You need to get moving if you want to get sh*t done. Don’t just go about aimlessly striking things off your to-do list. Analyze your final goal and work accordingly. Thanks to Erin, I seem to have figured things out much better now.


Nisha is passionate about writing and loves to share her thoughts with the world. She has written many articles on yoga, fitness, wellness, remedies, and beauty. She keeps herself updated by going through interesting blogs every day. This fuels her passion and motivates her to write appealing and engaging articles. She is a regular contributor to and a few other websites.

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